This seems to be the popular advice given to our young people today and others in job transition too. I think it is great if you can do that but I have a few problems with that concept.
Like I said, it is good if you can find that career, but what is your higher goal? I think that higher goal is to be happy and one of the components of that is having a job and supporting yourself. No, I don’t think “it is all about money'” but let’s face it, we need it to survive.
I still see people struggling to find that dream job, the one that they believe will make them happy every day they go to work. My belief is that we may have created a self centered work concept, that work is all about us and how it fulfils us personally. The corollary of that is may we fear a job that doesn’t make us happy and that may create a reluctance to jump in and try something we aren’t sure will fulfill us personally.
I have a few suggestions on this:
• Create a life plan for yourself, include how you want to live, family, and identification of values that are most important to you. Set goals for what you want to accomplish, write them down, and track progress.
• Consider your dream job; is there a big market for it, is it realistic to get it with our experience, would it make a better avocation than vocation? Could you still do what you think you love in your spare time?
• Jump in and try something! There are thousands of different jobs out there and how can anyone know if they would or wouldn’t like them without trying one? You may discover you found it, and at the least, started the process of doing so while still putting bread on the table.
• Find the companies that have the best future opportunities for you. Usually these are the large companies and also provide a lot of training and development for those who are performing well too.
• Do the best you can in any job you take and distinguish your services from other employees. That is how promotions come, and success too. Any good salesman knows the value of getting your foot in the door and then increasing sales to the customer. Who wouldn’t love being successful?
• Success in one job also opens doors to another; business’s look to hire people with a successful track record, even in tough times.
• Be aware of your big goal of supporting yourself rather than a self serving one of fulfillment; if you are supporting yourself you lessen the chance of feeling sorry for yourself. That can lead to poor job performance and can create a downward spiral on earnings, keeping your job, and being happy.
• Prosperity doesn’t have to equate with selfishness; it gives one the ability of giving to help others too; you can’t do it if you are broke!
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